Your female dog or cat has been spayed through an incision in her abdomen. This procedure involves internal surgery and therefore needs care for some time after the event. Unfortunately, dogs and cats do not always understand that they must rest so we need you to assist us with their recovery.
When you pick up your dog or cat from our clinic, she may be a little drowsy. This is quite normal following an anaesthetic and surgery. The drowsiness should reduce over the next 12-24 hours. There will be some bruising, the same as humans, so she should not be expected to be completely normal for a few days.
What to do
Keep your dog or cat in a quiet, warm place and give only small amounts to eat and drink. She will be back to normal in a couple of days.
Most dogs or cats have recovered fully within a few days. Unfortunately this does have some disadvantages in that she may start jumping, running around generally trying to do everything that she can to upset the surgery and/or sutures. Please try to keep her as quiet as possible until the sutures are removed.
Generally there are very few complications after the operation, however, there are some signs to watch for that may indicate a problem.
1. Dull and listlessness (especially after the first 24 hours)
2. Excessive redness or irritation around the suture line
3. Swelling or lumpiness around the sutures
If you notice any of these signs please do not hesitate to call our clinic. We are interested in your pet's well being so please feel free to ring us.
Note: Your dog or cat will need her sutures taken out in 10 days so please arrange an appointment.